The graffiti art of the Rosemary District reflects both our past and present identity. Though diverse and varying, from hyperlocal storytelling to international perspectives, the artistic images on our walls and buildings make our community an engaging and thought-provoking visual experience. A world of creative thinking and intersecting differing identities and stories await on any stroll in the Rosemary District.
Like the great frescoes of Italy and sculptures of Ancient Greece, work like graffiti has a natural life cycle of birth and decay. And out of the fallen pieces of aging artwork comes new life, as is the case with this poster made from fallen paint shards by the Rosemary District Volunteer Coalition. Honoring the history of a community’s changes is part of what graffiti artists bring to the Rosemary District and is an essential part of graffiti culture.
Brandan “Bmike” Odums is a well-known artist and filmmaker who has spent considerable time in the Rosemary District. With nods from Chris Rock for his Studio BE project and a TEDxNewOrleans presentation under his belt, BMike’s acclaim steadily grows.
BMike brings to the Rosemary District a sense of history and context, beckoning viewers into an awareness of the many changes experienced in this neighborhood. Through his art, he captures minority voices that explore cultural and political thinking from both history and present day.
The focus on history and context in BMike’s work is not unexpected as graffiti and street art initially began as a form of self-expression, then community expression, in changing urban neighborhoods. Contemporaneously, artists in the Rosemary District have used graffiti to express their unique experiences both in this community and in the world as global citizens. Our collection of graffiti is special in that it holistically reflects our diverse identity.
MTO is another internationally renowned artist who’s left his mark on the Rosemary District. Based in Berlin, MTO is best known for his detailed depictions of culturally significant actors and musicians. His work frequently includes philosophical symbols as well, such as The Society of the Spectacle, depicted in the image here, a 1967 work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by Guy Debord. His work can be found from Los Angeles to Berlin.
Richie Brasil is a muralist creating a name for himself in the Rosemary District who like other artists, starts with research before creating. This project was his endeavor to symbolize a more ancient historical representation of human identity in our area.